Beauty Products Containing Excessive Amount of Mercury Found

MANILA, Philippines --- A consumer watchdog is urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban supposed harmful skin whitening products sold in the Philippines after it found 13 of them containing excessive amounts of mercury.

Ecowaste Coalition said 13 of the 14 skin whitening products it purchased in stores in Manila and Makati Cities contained excessive levels of mercury from 550 parts per million (ppm) to 60,800 ppm in violation of the 1 ppm allowable limit under the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Cosmetics Directive. 

It said mercury can damage the kidneys and nervous system, and adversely affect the normal development of the brain in fetuses and young children.

In 2010 and 2011, the FDA banned 50 skin whitening products in the country that were found to contain mercury levels that exceeded the 1 ppm limit.

"We have notified the FDA about the illicit sale of mercury-tainted products that lure consumers with the promise of lighter complexion and removal of facial freckles, scars and spots. These products are dangerous and should not be sold to uninformed consumers," said Aileen Lucero of the EcoWaste Coalition's "Project Protect."

Dr. Bessie Antonio of the East Avenue Medical Center told Ecowaste Coalition that even those not using skin whitening products with mercury can be exposed to the poison.

"A child, for example, can inhale the mercury vapor with the application of the cream by the user or even directly ingest mercury if she touches a person who used the cream and then placed her hands into her mouth," said Antonio, a pediatric toxicologist.

Ecowaste Coalition said the 13 skin whitening products containing excessive mercury were purchased from stores in Binondo, Divisoria, Quiapo, and Sta. Cruz in Manila and Guadalupe in Makati.

The products were screened for mercury using an X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer, Lucero said.

Ecowaste Coalition has sent a letter to FDA Officer-in-Charge Nicolas Lutero III, urging the agency to issue a new advisory to ban products containing mercury beyond 1 ppm.

It also urged the FDA to publish consumer education material to inform the public about the dangers of cosmetics containing mercury.

The coalition also urged victims of mercury exposure from skin whitening products to come out.
FDA Spokesman Ronald de Vera told the Manila Bulletin that the FDA will conduct laboratory tests on the products submitted by Ecowaste Coalition.

He said if the FDA confirmatory tests showed that these products contained mercury beyond the 1 ppm allowable level, the FDA will immediately issue an advisory against these products.
Ecowaste identified the 13 products it tested positive of high levels of mercury between on June 18-19 as:

1. Feique Whitening Anti-Freckle Cream manufactured/distributed by GLDJB (Harbin) Cosmetics Ltd.,China (purchased for P60 from stall IA 43-45, 168 Mall, Divisoria, Manila), 16,000 ppm of mercury;

2. Feique Golden Aloe Whitening Anti-Scar, Anti Freckle Set manufactured/distributed by GLDJB (Harbin)Cosmetics Ltd., China (purchased for P60 from stall IA 43-45, 168 Mall, Divisoria, Manila), 25,000 ppm of mercury;

3. Feique Green Tea Vital Whitening Freckle-Removing Cream manufactured/distributed by GLDJB (Harbin) Cosmetics Ltd., China (purchased for P150 from stall IA 43-45, 168 Mall, Divisoria, Manila), 15,800 ppm of mercury;

4. Bai Li Tou Hong manufactured/distributed by (not indicated in English) (purchased for P150 from stall IA 43-45, 168 Mall,Divisoria, Manila), 46,700 ppm of mercury;

5. Maidaifu Herbal Moisturizing and Whitening Cream manufactured/distributed by (not indicated in English) (purchased forP180 from Stall IA-45, 168 Mall, Divisoria, Manila), 60,800 ppm of mercury;

6. Green Cucumber and Ginseng 6 Days Specific Eliminating Freckle Whitening Set manufactured/distributed by Yudantang International, Taiwan (purchased for P120 from stall IR-24, 168Mall, Divisoria), 9,414 ppm of mercury;

7. Loreial Paris Anti-Freckle Cream Suit manufactured/distributed by (not indicated on the label) (purchased for P120 from stall IB 2-4 999 Shopping Mall,Divisoria, Manila), 1,371 ppm of mercury;

8. Aichun Beauty Strongly Whitening Freckle Series (3 in one) manufactured/distributed by France Sasa (HK) International Group Ltd. / Livepro Beauty Cosmetics Co. Ltd., China (purchased for P98 from G2 Beauty Products, Villalobos St., Quiapo, Manila), 550 ppm of mercury;

9. "Special Cream" (double, label in Chinese) manufactured/distributed by (not indicated in English) (purchased for P80 from stall G-162 Good Earth Mall, Bustos St., Sta. Cruz, Manila), 1,565 ppm of mercury;

10. "Special Cream" (single, label in Chinese) manufactured/distributed by (not indicated in English) (purchased for P80 from Famous Chinese Drug Store, Recto Ave. near Rizal Ave., Sta. Cruz, Manila), 1,378 ppm of mercury;

11. Yudantang Ginseng and Ganoderma Lucidum 6 Days Specific Eliminating Freckle Whitening Sun Block Cream manufactured/distributed by Yudantang International, Taiwan (purchased for P140 from Rose and Fujikura General Merchandise, Uni-Mec Supermarket, Guadalupe, Makati City), 31,300 ppm of mercury;

12. Aichun Beauty Green Tea Whitening Speckle Removing Series (3 in one) manufactured/distributed by France Sasa (HK) International Group Ltd./Livepro Beauty Cosmetic Co. Ltd., China (purchased for P90 from G2 Beauty Products, Carriedo St., Quiapo, Manila), 1,250 ppm of mercury; and

13. Aichun Beauty Pawpaw Whitening and Freckle Remover Series (3 in one) manufactured/distributed by France Sasa (HK) International Group Ltd./Livepro Beauty Cosmetic Co. Ltd., China (purchased for P90 from G2 Beauty Products, Carriedo St., Quiapo, Manila), 867 ppm of mercury.

Fitness Plan for Brides-To-Be

There is a lot of pressure on brides to look their best on their wedding day.

But don’t be tempted by crash diets and faddy exercises – stick to this healthy fitness plan from AJ Perera, exercise guru at Fitness First, to be fit and healthy for your big day – and happily ever after!

Workout: Head outside for a run or jog. Walk for five minutes to warm up then jog at a steady pace for 20 minutes. Walk for a further five minutes for a cool down.
Lifestyle Tip: Swap your processed foods and starchy carbohydrates for lean meat and fish.

Body weight circuit:
  • Squat x 20 reps (Bend through your knees until your hip joint is lower than your knee joint, then slowly rise up again.)
  • Alternating lunges x 20 (Step forward on one leg and bend both knees to 90 degrees. Repeat 10 on each leg)
  • Press up on knees x 20 (Check your alignment. Shoulders should be over your wrists and your body in one straight line. If you’re feeling strong – go onto your toes)
  • Wide squat x 20 (As before but with your feet wider apart)
  • Plank x 30 seconds (Tilt your pelvis and contract your abdominals to prevent your rear end from sticking up in the air or sagging in the middle)

Repeat this routine as many times as possible in 20 minutes.

Lifestyle Tip: As well as eating lots of vegetables, increase the amount of fresh fruit, nuts and seeds you consume. These will do wonders to your waistline.

Workout Tip: Rest day (still try to walk and be active – take the stairs)
Lifestyle Tip: Sleep is also critical in dropping body fat and recovering from workouts. Aim to sleep for eight hours at least 4-5 nights a week, preferably between 10pm-6am.

Workout Tip: Hopefully the sun is shining so head outside for another run or jog trying interval training. Walk for five minutes to warm up. Sprint from one lamppost to the next, then walk to the following lamppost and repeat for 20 minutes. Walk for five minutes to cool down.
Lifestyle Tip: Try to drink one litre of water per 20kg of body weight and if you do need a little caffeine burst drink black tea and coffee before midday.

Workout Tip:
Weighted circuit (fill a backpack with tins or weights for that little bit extra):
  • Squat holding a weighted backpack x 20 reps
  • Alternating lunges holding a weighted backpack x 20 (10 each leg) – for a bit extra, why not add a jump in between lunges?
  • Press up on knees x 20 (or go onto your toes if you’re feeling strong!)
  • Sit ups x 20 reps
  • Wide squat holding a weighted backpack x 20
  • Plank x 30 seconds

Repeat this routine as many times as possible in 20 minutes.

Lifestyle Tip: Try and avoid alcohol as this is full to the brim with hidden calories. Make sure you also avoid high-calorific soft drinks too.

World's Highly Paid Models (According to Forbes)

Gisele Bündchen has been named the highest paid model in the world 2012. The Victoria's Secret star has topped a list compiled by, which takes in estimated earnings for the 12 months after May 1 2011. 

It is the second year running the Brazilian star has come in at number one, making $45 million this time around. "As the world's most powerful supermodel, she racks up modelling gigs, spokesperson deals, and independent licensing ventures at every turn," the site reports. Victoria's Secret models dominated the top ten list, with Miranda Kerr, Candice Swanepoel and Alessandra Ambrosio also appearing. Ed Razek of the lingerie provider's parent company Limited Brands discussed why the women who work for the firm are so special.

Gisele has deals with companies such as Pantene, Espirit and Versace, models for many big name brands and is currently looking for the next big model in her native country. 

British star Kate Moss came second with $9.2 million, down over $4 million from her previous annual earnings. She has deals with Mango and Longchamp which helped her rake in the cash. "In the entire history of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, 140 separate women have walked that runway," he told "There are seven billion people on the planet. That makes each of them not one in a million, not one in five million, not one in ten million. That literally makes them one in 50 million humans."

Heidi Klum could have clinched the second spot as she earned around $20 million but as she is no longer a Victoria's Secret Angel and is now known for appearing on TV show Project Runway, the publication considerers her a mogul rather than a model. Rounding out the top five are Natalia Vodianova with $8.6 million and Adriana Lima with $7.3 million. list of highest paid supermodels: 1. Gisele Bündchen - $45 million list of highest paid supermodels: 2. Kate Moss - $9.2 million list of highest paid supermodels: 3. Natalia Vodianova - $8.6 million list of highest paid supermodels: 4. Adriana Lima - $7.3 million list of highest paid supermodels: 5. Doutzen Kroes - $6.9 million list of highest paid supermodels: 6. Alessandra Ambrosio - $6.6 million list of highest paid supermodels: 7. Miranda Kerr - $4 million list of highest paid supermodels: 8. Lara Stone - $3.8 million list of highest paid supermodels: 9. Carolyn Murphy - $3.5 million list of highest paid supermodels: 10. Candice Swanepoel - $3.1 million

Hair Care for Post Treated Hair

If the only thing keeping you from trying the latest trends in hair color or chemical styling is fear of irreparable damage to your locks, worry not. Hair care brands know how fun it is to play with your tresses (it is after all your crowning glory), and they've made sure to pack plenty of protective and restorative properties in their products.

Here's a cheat sheet on what to do to keep hair healthy and shielded from potential damage from salon chemical treatments:

The treatment: Chemical hair straightening

What it is: "A chemical applied to hair 'loosens a spring' from the hair shaft causing it to stretch and straighten," explains Center for Aesthetic Studies hairstyling instructor Tony Dusich. These chemicals combined with a heated hair straightener alter your natural hair texture to make it straighter.
Damage risk: "Because of the stretching effect, chemically straightened hair is prone to breakage and split ends," says Dusich.
Damage control: To maintain strong locks, Dusich recommends a deep conditioning treatment with keratin. "Make sure to concentrate on the mid-length and ends, because those are the more damaged parts of your hair," he adds. Leave on for at least 15 minutes and do deep-conditioning treatments at least once a week to fortify hair. "Make sure to end each shower with cold water, which helps seal hair cuticles," Dusich recommends.

The treatment: Digital perm

What it is: Popularly known as a "digital perm," a hot perm differentiates itself from a typical cold perm via the use of a chemical to set curls combined with hot rods. Digital perms result in looser curls and require less styling product. It also adheres better to coarser hair textures.
Damage risk: Because perms add more curl and kink to the hair, be on the lookout for frizziness, dullness and breakage.
Damage control: To keep curls shiny, glossy and manageable, make sure to look for a shampoo and conditioner tandem with dimethicone or silicone derivatives. These help coat and seal your hair's cuticle, which keeps hair smooth and soft. (What's a hair cuticle? Run your fingers through a strand of your hair, that coating is the cuticle. A healthy hair cuticle should be smooth to the touch.).  Since hair was also subjected to chemicals to alter texture, a deep conditioning hair mask once a week is a must to keep hair strong.  Curly hair can get heavy due to product buildup so make sure to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to flush out any residue, which could result in lackluster tresses.

The treatment: Hair color

What it is: A mixture of ammonia and peroxide are applied to hair, together with color to alter hair's natural pigment--making it lighter or darker or adding complementary highlights or lowlights.
Damage risk: "Colored hair is prone to dullness, looking 'over-processed' and rougher," says Dusich.
Damage control: Chris McMillan, a Hollywood fixture in hairstyling (he's known for doing Jennifer Aniston's hair) shares an at-home treatment guaranteed to help soften "hay-fried hair".  He writes for Allure his recipe: Combine two tablespoons each of a rinse-out conditioner, leave-in, deep conditioner and hair mask in a bowl.  Using a wide-tooth comb (to avoid hair breakage), comb mixture through clean, damp hair (concentrate a dollop on ends, which tend to be more parched and damaged), and wrap head with a hot towel.  Doing this once a week makes hair much softer.

The treatment: Hair bleaching

What it is: Latest hair color trends seen on the runway and on the streets involve going various shades of blonde--platinum to strawberry--and doing an ombre (a two-toned gradation of color) ranging from subtle light brown on brown to wilder hues like brown with hot pink tips.  Natural brunettes have a harder time going blonde or pink because hair has to be stripped of dark pigment first before lighter color can adhere to locks.
Damage risk: "High amounts of peroxide are required to bleach hair, which can really cause distress to hair.  The lack of pigment can make hair look parched, thin and stringy," says Dusich.
Damage control: Fashion blogger, photographer and model Tricia Gosingtian is no stranger to bleaching her locks to maintain her blonde mane.  "I bleach every two months and have it dyed/toned every three months," she confirms.   She likes to keep her hair healthy-looking and lush by using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner meant for colored hair.  "It's important to look for color-treated specific hair products to keep your color intact," says Dusich.  Tricia also makes sure to coat her hair with a heat-protective product before using heating tools.  "I also make it a point to apply an intensive conditioning treatment at least once a month," she adds.

Tips on How to Have Clear Skin

1. Ditch the chemicals 
It can be tempting to reach for chemical peels and ingredients such as salicylic acid to help clear up problem skin. However, many chemical-based skin products not only contain potentially harmful ingredients, they can also excessively dry out skin and exacerbate skin problems. For a gentler approach to fighting acne, opt for natural spot-fighting ingredients such as tea tree oil or manuka honey.  Manuka honey not only has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties to fight spots, it also has the benefit of being able to reduce the scarring and marks left by spots.

2. Use spot-fighting makeup
We all know what it’s like to have a bad skin day when you just want to hide away under layers of makeup. However, while makeup can temporarily disguise the look of spots, it can also make the problem much worse. For confidence-boosting coverage that won’t cause flare-ups, make sure you opt for non-comedogenic makeup that won’t clog pores. To further increase the spot-fighting powers of your cosmetics, try using mineral makeup containing zinc oxide, which will fight against acne-causing bacteria.

3. Sip spearmint tea
Acne is generally caused by hormones called androgens, which can over-stimulate the sebaceous glands leading to oily skin, blocked pores and spots. To counteract these effects, oral contraceptives are often prescribed to women suffering from acne. However, while beneficial for clearing spots, these contraceptive pills can have inconvenient and even dangerous side effects. Luckily, research suggests that spearmint tea has similar anti-androgen properties, which could help reduce acne and hormone imbalances in women.

4. Reduce your skin’s contact to bacteria
You may be surprised at how often your skin comes into contact with dirt and germs that can lead to acne. During the time you are asleep, your pillow comes into contact with makeup, skin oils and saliva, making it a breeding ground for bacteria that can worsen acne. Likewise, unwashed makeup brushes can spread bacteria to your skin. To minimise your skin’s contact to bacteria, make sure you wash makeup brushes every two weeks and change your pillowcase regularly. Also, avoid touching your face as much as possible and clean your phone with antibacterial wipes before making calls.

5. Cleanse your skin properly
If you suffer from oily or acne-prone skin it can be tempting to over-cleanse your skin to dry out oils and kill bacteria. However, cleansing your skin too frequently or using harsh cleansers can dry out your skin, causing flakiness which can clog pores. It can also cause your skin to produce more oils to compensate. Instead, wash your skin twice a day with a gentle, PH-neutral cleanser so as not to destroy the acid mantle of the skin, which protects against moisture loss and bacteria. Remove the cleanser with a muslin cloth to lightly exfoliate the skin.

6. Change your diet
Eating a balanced diet with plenty of nutrients and antioxidants is one of the key factors behind beautiful looking skin. However, there are also certain foods you can cut back on or eat more of in order to help get rid of spots. Research suggests that dairy is a major precursor of acne for many people due to the hormones it contains. Plastic water bottles and food packaging can also leach out chemicals which can lead to hormone imbalance. Swap packaged foods for fresh, skin-friendly produce including lots of fruit and vegetables and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

7. Find ways to deal with stress
Research findings published in the journal Archives of Dermatology suggest that high stress levels can significantly worsen acne. It is thought that this may be due to the fact that stress stimulates the production of hormones which stimulate oil production in the skin’s sebaceous glands. Stress is also thought to instigate the release of chemicals which can lead to inflammation. To help keep your skin clear and spot-free, try to find healthy ways to deal with stress such as exercise, meditation or pampering. Try to talk through problems with someone else as well to help relieve any worries.

Sleeping Benefits You Need To Know

We all hear about the benefits of a good night's sleep-better memory, attention, concentration and a reduced risk of heart attack and stroke. Sleep improves our mood; it makes us feel like we can do more in the day and gives us a better outlook on life. 

In addition to helping us live productive lives, sleep is key to feeling and looking youthful.

1. You look more attractive to others.
In a 2010 study published in the British Medical Journal, a group of Swedish investigators looked at whether sleep-deprived people were perceived as less healthy, less attractive and more tired than after a normal night's sleep. Twenty-three healthy adults were photographed after a normal night's sleep (about eight hours) and again after a night of sleep deprivation (31 hours of wakefulness!). The photos were presented to 65 untrained observers who rated them. Results indicated that sleep-deprived people appear less healthy, less attractive and more tired when compared to photographs taken after a full night's sleep.

The authors proposed that humans may be sensitive to sleep-related facial cues, and that these cues may affect your social life in big ways. For example, if someone is well-qualified for a job but hadn't slept well for a few nights, employers might perceive the candidate as being less healthy and more tired-putting the candidate at risk of not getting hired.

What exactly is going on during those precious sleep-filled hours at night that's keeping us looking and feeling young? A lot.

2. You stay fitter.
Sleep helps you manage your weight. Consistently getting less sleep than you actually need per night leads to slow and steady weight gain. This weight gain can impact how others view you (unhealthy, tired) and how you may view yourself (tired, unmotivated). If you sleep more, you'll find it easier to lose weight and will even have more energy to exercise. It is also commonly accepted now that exercise helps us feel younger both physically and mentally.

3. Your skin glows.
Skin grows a lot in our sleep. We develop nearly 30 times more skin while asleep than when awake. Notice those dark circles and bags under your eyes after a poor night's sleep? The skin of a healthy sleeper is more elastic, supple and taut. The more you get a full night's sleep, the more you'll have that youthful glow.

4. You're quicker to move, and learn.
Our mind and bodies learn new things while we sleep. Studying the night before a big test and then getting a full night's sleep can solidify the material in your brain. Pulling an all-nighter without sleep can actually make it more difficult to learn new material. But more than just brain cells learn and grow throughout the night! Our muscles, ligaments and tissues all learn new routines to help us physically maneuver throughout the world-whether it is to help with balance, new dance moves or picking up a new sport.

5. You boost your "youth" hormones.
Finally, human growth hormone (HGH) has its highest production during slow-wave sleep. HGH is a key player in keeping us looking young even after we've finished growing. HGH is produced by the pituitary gland and is in high levels during childhood and adolescence. After we've grown, HGH levels drop off and stay at low, steady levels during adulthood. Deficiencies in HGH can lead to reduced muscle mass, slower metabolism, more belly fat and sagging skin. Sleep more, and you'll likely increase your HGH levels.

Even getting one or two fewer hours of sleep per night on a consistent basis can have long-term damaging effects for our bodies and mind. Regularly placing sleep at the bottom of your "to-do" list can make it harder for you to look and feel your best. If you don't make sleep a priority, then you're not making yourself a priority. And if you don't take care of yourself, you'll have more trouble taking care of everyone else around you and crossing off all the other "to-dos" on your list.

Make sleep a priority and you'll look and feel a whole lot younger.

Foods for Flatter Abs

It's summer--and that means your summer vacation is probably just around the corner. If you're looking to slim down before you slip into that bathing suit (and who isn't?!), you're in luck. Cutting calories and exercising are, of course, must-dos--and you can try this 7-day weight-loss meal plan to lose up to 2 pounds this week. But new research shows that some foods may have waist-shrinking properties. 

Here are five tummy-tamers to add to your diet.

Canola Oil. Already dubbed a heart-healthy cooking oil, canola now touts another boon: when Brazilian researchers fed rats a diet containing either canola or soybean oil for two months, the soybean-oil eaters gained nearly 20 percent more fat in and around the organs of the belly (also known as visceral fat) than those that chowed on the canola-oil-enriched diet. While researchers can't say exactly how much canola oil people would need to include in their diet to achieve this effect, they believe that canola oil's high omega-3 content lowers insulin levels, ultimately discouraging fat storage in the abdomen.

Beans. Swapping animal proteins in your diet for vegetarian proteins like beans may do more than help your heart (and the planet): a 2011 Diabetic Medicine study found that a six-month-long calorie-controlled vegetarian diet was more effective at blasting belly fat and stimulating weight loss in diabetic volunteers than a calorically equivalent nonvegetarian diet. The vegetarian diet burned more deep (visceral) abdominal fat, as well as that extra layer just under the skin (subcutaneous fat), explains lead researcher Hana Kahleová, M.D., of the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague.

Low-Fat Milk. Milk (and other low-fat dairy products) will help you build strong bones, but if you want to whittle your waistline and gain calorie-burning lean muscle you may need to up the ante. In a 2011 Journal of Nutrition study, dieters who ate 30 percent of calories from protein, including six to seven daily servings of dairy, chiseled off more belly and total fat--and gained more lean muscle--than women who trimmed the same number of calories but ate less protein and dairy. Researchers think the whey protein in dairy, which boasts the amino acid leucine, is particularly important in stimulating the formation of new muscle proteins.

Whole Grains. When researchers from Pennsylvania State University placed volunteers on a three-month weight-loss program and instructed one group to eat only whole grains for their grain servings and the other group to choose only refined grains (and avoid whole grains entirely), the whole-grain eaters melted significantly more abdominal fat. While the fiber in whole grains may deserve some of the credit, researchers note that whole grains are rich in magnesium, a mineral instrumental in regulating fat metabolism.

Red Peppers. In a recent Journal of Nutrition study, Dutch researchers asked 374 men about the foods they ate most frequently. They found that those whose diets contained the most beta carotene and lycopene (phytochemicals that make carrots orange and give red peppers and tomatoes their brilliant hue) had the smallest waists and the least abdominal fat. Because beta carotene and lycopene are potent antioxidants, researchers think they may mop up the harmful compounds that promote fat storage. Peppers are also packed with vitamin C, a nutrient needed for fat burning.

Common Mistakes in Applying Sunscreen

We all know that regularly using sunscreen is one of the best ways to prevent skin cancer. Unfortunately, many people make mistakes when it comes to wearing sunscreen. Properly applying sunscreen and following manufacturer instructions are key to maximum protection.

Common Sunscreen Mistakes

1. Applying sunscreen AFTER going outdoors. 
Sunscreen needs to be applied 15 to 30 minutes BEFORE going outside to give it time to be absorbed into the skin. Follow manufacturer's instructions for absorption time, which is typically up to 30 minutes before heading outside.

2. Not applying enough sunscreen.
Experts recommend that an adult should use about 1 ounce of sunscreen for adequate coverage. Remember that all body parts that will be exposed to the sun need to be protected. Most people forget to apply sunscreen to their face, ears, neck and feet.

3. Not reapplying after swimming or sweating. 
Sunscreen that is not labeled "waterproof" or "water resistant" does come off while you're in the water or sweating. Even waterproof and water-resistant sunscreen provide a limited window of protection. Check the product label to learn how often to reapply it. Most provide between 45 minutes to 2 hours of coverage. 

4. Not reapplying sunscreen at all. 
Many people have the misconception that one application of sunscreen will provide all-day protection. Not true. Sunscreen generally needs to be reapplied every two hours or after exercise or water activity. Check the label for specific instructions.

5. Using sunscreen only when it is sunny.
Sunscreen needs to be used on both sunny and cloudy days. Harmful UV rays can still affect people when it's cloudy. It's important to keep in mind that all people are at risk of skin damage caused by the sun's harmful UV rays, so it is crucial to wear sunscreen regardless of your skin tone or ethnicity. 

Healthy Herbs and Spices to Use

Herbs and spices do more than add flavor to a dish -- a growing body of evidence highlights real health benefits, too. From black pepper and turmeric to chives and cinnamon, here are 10 seasonings that can help fight cancer and heart disease, and keep other trouble at bay. 

Black Pepper

That pepper mill may not just be a weapon against bland food. It could stop cancer cells from growing and dividing. In the lab, the zingy pepper ingredient called piperine inactivated cells with early signs of cancer trouble and left healthy cells alone.


These pungent green shoots may help neutralize the effects of carcinogens and muzzle tumor growth in a host of different cancers. Chives are part of the allium family of herbs, as are onions, garlic, leeks, shallots, and scallions. Research revealed that people who ate lots of allium herbs had fewer signs of hip osteoarthritis.


Cinnamon may help you fend off diabetes by keeping your blood sugar under control. How? Cinnamon may help cells take in sugar and use insulin better. Try it in coffee, over fresh apple slices, or in a spice rub for grilled fish or chicken.As little as a half-teaspoon a day may be all you need.


The root that sits to the side of your sushi and gives a little extra punch to everything from stir-fries to marinades to cookies does more than just taste good. Known for quelling motion sickness, ginger can also soothe a sour stomach, calm achy knees, reduce cholesterol, nix artery-clogging blood clots, reduce post-workout soreness, inhibit cancer cells, and quash damaging inflammation. Use fresh or dried ground ginger.


When GIs brought oregano home from Italy after World War II, they probably didn't know they were carrying an herb that contains 42 times more antioxidants than apples -- or that it contains a substance that would later be found in mouse studies to beat inflammation. Taming inflammation helps reduce your risk of health problems, from heart disease to cancer.


Promote parsley from a garnish to a starring role and you'll not only get fresher breath; guys may also get prostate protection. In lab studies, a flavonoid in parsley, called apigenin, put prostate cancer cells in slow-growth mode.


Love the taste of grilled burgers? Add chopped fresh rosemary to your burgers before grilling for extra flavor and to prevent the production of cancer-causing substances called heterocyclicamines (HCAs) by up to 90%. Need more reasons to stick a sprig of this herb in lemonade or a cup of hot tea, or to marinades or steamed veggies? Lab studies suggest it may prevent breast cancer and leukemia cells from multiplying.


This beautiful reddish-yellow spice -- the world's most expensive! -- contains certain compounds that may help decrease anxiety and even depression. In one study, the anti-anxiety effect of taking saffron daily may have been what helped overweight women snack about 50% less than placebo-takers.


That minty, lemony flavor in your mouthwash? It could be thyme, which has long been used as an antiseptic. Now this herb -- a favorite in savory dishes, from vinaigrettes to holiday stuffing -- has been found to have potent anti-inflammatory properties, too. That makes your heart happy, since high levels of inflammation in your body can open the door to heart disease, the number one killer in America.


Turmeric not only adds color and flavor to Indian dishes, it also contains the compound curcumin, which studies suggest has nearly total-body benefits. This inflammation fighter may curb damage to your arteries, keep your memory sharp, and even squelch next-day soreness after a workout. It may also help turn off pancreatic and colon cancer cells. An easy way to get this potent compound: yellow mustard. A teaspoon contains the perfect daily dose (about 17 milligrams of turmeric).

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